Räikkönen’s record ends at 27 points finishes

Kimi Raikkonen’s incredible record of 27 points-finishes came to an end on Sunday at the Belgian Grand Prix. Kimi started from P8 with a scrubbed set of medium tires, changing to scrubbed medium compound tires on lap 14. He retired on lap 25 with brake failure.

Kimi’s DNF was the first of his Lotus F1 Team career and his first retirement in 39 races. It was his first non-points finish in 28 races and only his second non-points finish since driving for the team.

Kimi now drops to fourth in the Drivers’ Championship on 134 points, having been overtaken by second-placed Fernando Alonso [151] and third-placed Lewis Hamilton [139]. The team remains in fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship on 187 points from Ferrari’s 218. Kimi said:

“I had a brake failure so there was really no point in trying to continue. We both got good starts off the line but there wasn’t enough space into the first corner where I went over the kerb and lost some time, but after that I was pushing as hard as I could. There were some brake issues at the beginning of the race but we were managing them and it was going okay until we had to retire. We’ve finished a lot of races and had some good reliability; one day your luck has to run out and today was that day.”

Not the best of weekend’s for Lotus F1 as Kimi looked competitive in a dry-race situation and the rain held off for the entire race. Qualifying in changeable conditions set the team on their back foot but things were looking good for Sunday. Unfortunately brake failure ended a terrific record-run for Raikkonen.

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